Fishing News and Information

Special winter specks - New River speckled trout are special creatures; cold weather doesn’t slow them down

Two oval-shaped bobbers bounced on the New River’s surface during the outflowing morning tide. Standing near the stern of Ricky Kellum’s boat, James Grimes of Mount Olive and his 11-year-old son, Conner, intensely watched the multi-colored floats, waiting for the rising sun to warm a beautiful coastal morning.

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March 01 at 7:00 am
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Make a game plan before you take on Lake Wylie’s blue catfish

James Moore of Westminster, S.C., will readily admit that he doesn’t consider Lake Wylie as one of his home lakes, but every time he goes there, he does well catching blue catfish. One of the reasons he said he’s had better success than most is because the lake scouts well. 

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March 01 at 7:00 am
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LiveTarget BaitBall Glass Minnow Twitchbait

The LiveTarget BaitBall Glass Minnow Twitchbait will provide anglers a lure that perfectly mimics the small glass minnow forage that is targeted by trout, reds, Spanish mackerel or virtually anything chasing tiny bait. This lure has a super realistic profile and multiple flash points reflecting off the tiny school of minnows that will trick even the most wary fish. Available in a 3 and 3 ˝-inch size and six color patterns this lure will present an ideal solution for many inshore applications.

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March 01 at 7:00 am
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Director of Marine Fisheries resigns abruptly

In a move that surprised commercial and recreational fishermen alike, Dr. Louis Daniel, III resigned as director of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries this afternoon. 

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February 29 at 9:04 pm
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This 1 tip will make anyone a better angler

One thing all anglers have in common is the desire to be better fishermen. As March rolls in, many of us vow to spend more time trying new lures and tactics, and to improve on those we’ve been using for years. The truth is, becoming a better angler is much simpler than that.

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February 29 at 4:36 pm
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Pick on winter pickerel

Growing up watching TV fishing shows on the weekend was an experience in itself. However, with everyone bass fishing around home, it always seemed strange when anglers would head north and talk of pike and muskie.

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February 29 at 9:00 am
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100-pound catfish caught on Lake Gaston

Most big blue catfish in Lake Gaston come out of deep water, but when guide Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro hit Lake Gaston this past Friday, he had a hunch that warmer weather might shuffle shad and big cats to the backs of creeks.

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February 28 at 8:52 am
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Federal closure looms over cobia season

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted in late February to reduce the daily creel limit for cobia from two fish to one in state waters, and fisheries officials are hoping to find more ways to delay a federal closure of the season that could come as soon as June 15.

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February 25 at 4:59 pm
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Central Carolina Boat and Fishing Expo is this weekend

The Central Carolina Boat and Fishing Expo is this weekend at the Greensboro Coliseum. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. 

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February 25 at 11:38 am
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NCWRC hosting women-only fly fishing workshop April 23

Many women enjoy fly fishing just as much as their male counterparts do, but they sometimes find it intimidating to attend workshops on fly tying with men. It’s just a fact of life for women who enjoy the outdoors, and it’s unfortunately a turnoff that keeps some women out of the sport. Luckily, the NCWRC has a solution for that.

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February 24 at 9:53 pm
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Striped bass season opening in Roanoke River Management Area March 1

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the entire Roanoke River Management Area to striped bass harvest from March 1 through April 30, unless closed or extended through proclamation. The Roanoke River Management Area includes the Roanoke River and tributaries from Roanoke Rapids Lake Dam downstream to Albemarle Sound, including the Cashie, Middle and Eastmost rivers.

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February 24 at 10:16 am
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Catch Lake Wylie crappie with these tips

Many anglers across the Carolinas are eager for water temperatures to warm up, but some anglers are happy with them just the way they are right now. That’s because depending on what you’re fishing for, and where you’re fishing for them, the current water temperatures are just right. That’s the case with Lake Wylie right now, if you’re trying to catch crappie.

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February 24 at 8:12 am
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The Egret Wedgetail Eel

When Cowboy Outdoors decided to make a big, wedge-tailed soft-plastic artificial lure strictly a saltwater bait, speckled trout fishermen along the country’s coast benefitted big time.

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February 22 at 9:00 am
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Understanding Navspeak

Looking through an owner’s manual for a new GPS navigation unit, I was surprised at how much the manual assumed I already knew. Some of the terminology was so poorly explained I don’t know how a newcomer to GPS navigation would figure it all out.

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February 19 at 9:00 am
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Catch more winter catfish with these tips

Catfish can be a little tougher to catch when the water temperature gets bitterly cold, but anglers can still put together a good pattern that will put cats in their boat, even if it is at a slower pace than at other times of the year.

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February 19 at 7:34 am
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NCWRC hosting fly fishing, other skills workshops throughout March

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The NCWRC is hosting 14 outdoors-related programs at the Pisagah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County throughout March. The events are free, open on a first-come, first-serve basis, and require pre-registration.

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February 18 at 9:27 am
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Record catfish holder to speak at Bass Pro Shops in Cary tonight

I met Zakk Royce about a month after he set the new North Carolina state record for blue catfish. After discussing my personal best, 76-pound catfish (which is almost 30-pounds lighter than his record fish), I joked that maybe soon I would catch a bigger one, and break his record. His response surprised me.

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February 16 at 7:35 pm
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How to catch stripers on the Trent and Neuse Rivers in February

If you’re itching to scratch your fishing bug, you’ll find what you’re looking for on the Neuse and Trent Rivers, where stripers are currently keeping anglers busy.

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February 15 at 5:54 pm
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